RCPCH Conference 2022 - abstracts

The Conference Organising Committee invited submissions of papers for oral and poster presentation at the RCPCH Conference 2022. The Conference will be taking place from 28 to 30 June in Liverpool, with the theme: 'Connect, Energise, Inspire' – Celebrating Paediatrics and Child Health Together'.

Abstract submission is closed.
Conference delegates look at posters and network

Abstract submission closed at end of Thursday, 17 February 2022. 

What are the benefits of presenting an abstract?

  • Get a citation on the Archives of Disease in Childhood and Conference website, event app and programme
  • Showcase preliminary project work and gain constructive feedback to help shape future activity
  • Add to your CV and boost your chances of winning funding
  • Refine your presentation skills and promote yourself, and your institution
  • Share your knowledge - your work could make a real difference
  • Top scoring abstract authors also have the chance to present their work as a plenary talk in the main auditorium

Do I have to pay? 

There was no fee for making a submission.

If your submission is accepted for presentation, you will be required to attend the Conference and pay the standard registration fee. See the fee that applies to you.

Can I present my abstract virtually?

If you are unable to attend the Conference in person, you do have the option to submit an abstract to be presented as an ePoster and attend virtually.

If your abstract is accepted to be presented as an ePoster, you will be required to attend virtually. The virtual package will include access to a live stream and on demand access of all our keynote talks across the 3-days plus live streams of all sessions that take place in our main auditorium. Full details of the sessions to be livestreamed will be released in due course. See the fee that applies to you.

When submitting your abstract make sure to select ‘Poster’ as your preferred format.

What are the programme/abstract categories?

You needed to submit your abstract to one of these programme categories:

Association of Paediatric Emergency Medicine

The Association of Paediatric Emergency Medicine would like to read about any work that has made a difference to the acute/emergency care pathway for children and young people. 

Association of Paediatric Palliative Medicine

The Association for Paediatric Palliative Medicine represents all Paediatricians and GPs working in the area of Paediatric Palliative Medicine in hospital, hospice and community settings in the UK. It seeks to support practice, service delivery and training for all doctors working in this area of medicine. The group welcomes abstracts relating to supporting the needs of children with life-limiting illnesses and their families. 

British Society for the History of Paediatrics and Child Health

The BSHPCH is looking for abstracts dealing with the history of childhood illness and treatment, historical aspects of child health including social and educational issues and biographical accounts of paediatric and other pioneers involved in childcare. However, other topics of historical interest within this general framework would be welcome. 

British Academy of Childhood Disability

The British Academy of Childhood Disability welcomes all abstracts relating to the field of childhood disability. BACD is open to professionals from various backgrounds, including paediatricians, mental health professionals, specialist nurses, allied health professionals, and professionals working in the education and social care sectors. 

British Association for Community Child Health 

The British Association for Community Child Health welcomes abstract submissions relating to all aspects of community paediatrics including training and service development. Community paediatrics covers diverse areas such as neurodisability, physical disability, social paediatrics, special educational needs, Looked After Children, autistic spectrum disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. 

British Association for Paediatric Nephrology

BAPN is a division of The Renal Association. The group welcomes abstracts relating to working or training in renal units, caring for patients with kidney disease, and renal research to improve patient care in the future. BAPN is open to all professionals working towards improving the care and lives of children with kidney diseases.

British Association of General Paediatrics

BAGP welcomes submissions that are relevant and of interest to busy acute and general paediatricians who deal with clinical presentations covering a wide range of diagnoses. In particular they are keen to hear from other acute and general paediatricians or anyone else being involved in research and quality improvement in areas that are relevant to paediatric colleagues on the acute take and working in outpatient areas. 

British Association of Paediatricians in Audiology

BAPA welcome abstracts related to audiovestibular paediatrics, hearing screening and medical conditions associated with hearing or balance problems in children.

British Association of Perinatal Medicine and Neonatal Society

The British Association of Perinatal Medicine and the Neonatal Society welcome original research, quality improvement, audit or clinical case based studies on any topics in neonatology, perinatal medicine or allied areas. 

British Society of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes

The British Society of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes welcomes abstracts relating to improving the care of children and young people with endocrine disorders and diabetes mellitus. They bring together professionals from a range of disciplines, including tertiary paediatric endocrinologists and diabetologists, general paediatricians with an interest in endocrinology and/or diabetes, researchers, nurses and other healthcare professionals involved in the care of these patients.

British Association of Child and Adolescent Public Health

The British Association of Child and Adolescent Public Health welcomes abstracts relating to improving the health and well-being of CYP by reducing inequities and unacceptable variations in health and care that affect children and families and using resources wisely and ethically, supporting sustainable development to secure the health and wellbeing of future generations too.

British Paediatric and Adolescent Bone Group

The British Paediatric and Adolescent Bone Group welcomes abstracts about paediatric injuries, diseases, and conditions relating to bones. 

British Inherited Metabolic Disease Group

The British Inherited Metabolic Disease Group welcomes abstracts relating to the care of children with rare and inherited disorders, that affect normal cellular biochemical homeostasis. Metabolic medicine is a cutting-edge specialty which is very research driven. The group would like to hear about diagnostic challenges and management of conditions through multidisciplinary team working. 

Better understanding of these rare disorders and advancing the development of the new treatments are essential for the improvement of clinical outcomes for patients and families. 

British Paediatric Allergy Immunity and Infection Group

The British Paediatric Allergy Immunity and Infection Group welcome abstracts relevant to allergies, infections and immunodeficiencies in children and young people. They receive high numbers of high quality abstracts from all over the UK and the world and are always very excited to hear what’s going on where you work.  

British Paediatric Neurology Association

BPNA welcomes abstracts relating to the care of children with neurological disorders, paediatric neurodisability and allied neurosciences.

British Paediatric Respiratory Society

BPRS welcomes abstracts relating to improving paediatric respiratory health and respiratory diseases and medicine. 

British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Dermatology

The British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Dermatology welcomes abstract submissions relating to all aspects of dermatology affecting children and young people. Abstracts relating to conditions affecting skin, joints and systemic conditions will be particularly relevant to the session this year. 

British Society for Rheumatology

The British Society for Rheumatology welcomes abstract submissions relating to all aspects of rheumatology affecting children and young people. Abstracts relating to conditions affecting skin, joints and systemic conditions will be particularly relevant to the session this year. 

British Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition

BSPGHAN welcomes abstract submissions relating to caring for children with GI, liver and nutritional diseases.

Child Protection Special Interest Group

The Child Protection Special Interest Group welcome abstracts relating to emerging themes in child protection and safeguarding, in particular issues impacting vulnerable children and young people, and exploring the latest Child Protection evidence. 

Children’s Ethics & Law Special Interest Group

CHELSIG welcomes abstracts that explore ethical and legal issues affecting children and their healthcare. The group welcomes abstracts from across the child health team whether paediatricians, nurses, allied health professionals, general practitioners, surgeons or as well as non-healthcare members (including those involved in child health law, bioethics and other professions involved in ethical and legal issue pertaining to children). 

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

The Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group is the UK’s professional body for paediatric oncology. Submitted abstracts should be focussed on paediatric oncology research and/or topics useful to paediatric oncology practice in the UK including in shared care centres.

Climate Change Working Group

The Climate Change Working Group welcomes abstracts relating to the impact of climate change on the health of children and young people, and advocating for change and environmental sustainability. 

Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group

DSMIG promotes equitable provision of medical care for people with Down syndrome disseminating information about medical aspects of the syndrome and promoting interest in its specialist management. They welcome abstracts relating to medical care for children and young people with Down syndrome.

George Still Forum - National Paediatric ADHD Network Group

The GSF is a group of paediatricians dedicated to improving care and increasing awareness of ADHD in children and adolescents. It also aims to share information in relation to current issues in providing services to individuals and their families, and to bring nationwide issues to the notice of NHS commissioners.

International Child Health Group

ICHG welcomes abstracts that advocate for better child health around the world and supports the education and training of the global child health leaders of tomorrow.

Paediatric clinical leaders: service planning, provision and best practice

The group welcomes abstracts relating issues that matter to paediatric clinical leaders in planning and delivering services for children and young people: workforce, clinical governance, quality improvement, training and engaging with children and young people 

Paediatric Educators' Special Interest Group

The Paediatric Educators' Special Interest Group welcomes abstracts promoting paediatric education (undergraduate and postgraduate). They are keen to support those involved in paediatric education through meetings, social media, written resources and by building a network of paediatricians who want to inspire through great teaching and education.

They also promote educational research and scholarship in paediatrics through our conferences, grants and mentorship network.

Paediatric Mental Health Association

The Paediatric Mental Health Association are a multidisciplinary group of professionals including Paediatricians, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, Nurses, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists, who are concerned in promoting mental wellbeing alongside physical health of babies, children and young people into adulthood. They welcome abstracts relating to acute mental health presentations to hospital / mental health presentations in young people.

Paediatric Special Interest Group: British Society of Haematology

The British Society of Haematology welcomes abstracts relating to haematology, haemato-oncology and childhood blood disorders.

Paediatricians with Expertise in Cardiology Special Interest Group

The Paediatrician with Expertise in Cardiology Special Interest Group accepts a large number of high quality abstracts each year. They welcome abstracts from paediatricians, neonatologists, paediatric cardiologists, trainees, medical students, cardiac nurse specialists and echo technicians related to paediatric cardiology.

Paediatric Critical Care Society

The Paediatric Critical Care Society welcomes abstracts relating to paediatric intensive care, transport and high dependency care as well as operational delivery networks.

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety 

The group welcomes abstracts relating to quality improvement, developing solutions for children and young people, and their families.

RCPCH Trainees Committee

The Trainees Committee is looking for abstracts that describe events, projects or interventions that have impacted on training or the training experience. For example: Have you done something that improves trainee wellbeing? Gathered data on recruitment or retention? Empowered various trainee groups to involve themselves in leadership or representation? Found a way of enhancing involvement in research or publication? Had an innovative idea about rostering or curriculum delivery?

Young People's Health Special Interest Group 

The Young People's Health Special Interest Group welcomes abstracts relating to raising the profile of young people's health and promoting the development of high quality health services for young people in the UK.

See programme highlights

What are the presentation opportunities? 

Authors of successful abstracts will be offered either an oral or ePoster presentation opportunity. The programme lead for each category will also be able to nominate one abstract from their group which they feel is suitable for plenary presentation.

The Conference Organising Committee will review these nominations and select nine for the coveted plenary presentation slots. This is an exciting opportunity for authors to present their work to the main auditorium during the plenary sessions.

Please note, as we continue our mission to reduce our carbon footprint, all approved posters will be displayed using our new ePoster platform.

Where are papers published?

All submissions that are accepted for presentation will be published in the online supplement and the online publication of our journal, Archives of Disease in Childhood.

How do I submit?

Abstract submission closed at end of Thursday, 17 February 2022.